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5 planets appear in May for your viewing pleasure

By Mike Shanahan
Bishop Museum

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 27, 2014

~~<p>May is a good time for star and planet gazing. All five naked-eye planets are visible; the islands experience the first of the two &quot;overhead sun&quot; days of the year; moon conditions are good for one of the lesser-known meteor showers; and we say goodbye to Orion and the other great winter constellations.</p>
<p>While the other naked-eye planets are visible all month, you'll have to wait until to May 6 to catch Mercury. Look west around 7:20 p.m. on May 6 and 7 for a brilliant dot just above where the sun set. On May 6, Mercury shines at an intense minus 1.16. In early May, the planet will set by 7:45 p.m. so you have only about a half-hour to catch it.</p>
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May is a good time for star and planet gazing. All five naked-eye planets are visible; the islands experience the first of the two "overhead sun" days of the year; moon conditions are good for one of the lesser-known meteor showers; and we say goodbye to Orion and the other great winter constellations.

While the other naked-eye planets are visible all month, you'll have to wait until to May 6 to catch Mercury. Look west around 7:20 p.m. on May 6 and 7 for a brilliant dot just above where the sun set. On May 6, Mercury shines at an intense minus 1.16. In early May, the planet will set by 7:45 p.m. so you have only about a half-hour to catch it. Login for more...



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